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J.S. Walker letters

Identifier: C-90

Scope and Contents

Collection contains five folders, including holograph letters written by J.S. Walker to his parents. This extensive file of extraordinarily fluent, candid and detailed manuscript letters, with meticulous descriptions of the experiences of the well-heeled, well-connected, strongly opinionated and bigoted young American expatriate, John Sydney Walker, from January 1865 to April 1867 in Paris and Geneva. These letters also cover young Walker's questions to his parents, and his responses to their questions and news, including many aspects of the older Walkers' lives in Philadelphia. Because Walker's parents paid his way in Europe by sending bank drafts in response to requests they often suspected were unjustified, J.S. Walker's letters are unusual in their frequent, highly-detailed explications of his living and entertaining expenses, and often itemized.


  • 1865-1867


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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish materials, contact: Special Collections & Archives Middlebury College Phone: (802) 443-2387 Email:

Biographical / Historical

Letters in this collection were written by John Sydney Walker to his parents between 1865 and 1867. At the time these letters were written, Walker was an American expatriate living in Paris and Geneva. Walker's parents lived in Philadelphia during the time their son was in Europe.


1 Box (1 box, 5 folders)


Collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 2004 by Middlebury College from Carmen D. Valentino.

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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States